Brewers Announce ‘Inside the Park Nachos’ with Doritos Crusting on a Stick

We've all been there before—you want to enjoy your nachos at a ballpark, but all the shouting, cheering and general calamity happening around your seat prevents you from being able to eat them comfortably. Luckily, the Milwaukee Brewers have thought of a solution. The Brewers' "Inside the Park Nachos" allow you to enjoy taco meat with a crusting of Doritos, all on a stick for portability. It will be topped with cheese sauce and sour cream and served with a side of salsa, because, you know...America. It likely pales in comparison to the Arizona Diamondbacks' Churro Dog calorie-wise, but this is more of a savory dinner entree as opposed to a dessert. You'll have to find another MLB ballpark treat to cap it off with to get the full experience. [Yahoo Sports]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Minor League Team Cancels ’2017 Astros World Series Champion’ Ring Giveaway

The Fresno Grizzlies have a lot of confidence in their MLB affiliate, the Houston Astros, to win the 2017 World Series. In fact, they felt so strongly about it, they created an entire promotional campaign around it, including 2017 World Series championship rings to hand out to fans. This is all part of a Back to the Future-themed promotion, which includes DeLorean-inspired jerseys, complete with a flux capacitor on the front. But the real story here is the confidence from the Grizzlies in their major league counterpart, as they believe the Astros are building a great foundation of talent that will ultimately compete for the World Series title in 2017.  However, the Grizzlies later balked on the promotion in fear of jinxing the Astros, per KSEE24 anchor Evan Onstot:  There's no word yet as to what the Grizzlies will cook up as a replacement promotion.   [MiLB.com]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


3 Things We Learned About the Red Sox in Spring Training

Spring training declarations are a difficult beast to tackle. Putting too much weight in March statistics would be misguided, as Jake Fox and his 10 Grapefruit League home runs in 2011 remind us. "Jake Who?" you ask? Precisely.  At the same time, this is the first extended look at the 30 MLB clubs, and in some cases managers are determining roster spots based on performance. So these games aren't entirely meaningless; they just have to be viewed through the proper lens.  Are Xander Bogaerts' struggles (.222 average) really cause for concern, or is he merely a slow starter the way David Ortiz has been throughout his career (.227 career spring training average)? For a player of Bogaerts' pedigree I'd advise stepping away from the ledge and waiting for real games before inciting panic. His on-base percentage is more encouraging (.333), and he's slugged a pair of home runs. A better start would have been ...


Complete Washington Nationals 2015 Season Preview

This winter, the Washington Nationals set themselves up to mow down any team that stands in the way of a World Series title, but now it's time for the Nats to put their $156 million where their mouth is.  That number is Washington's total payroll obligation in 2015, according to Baseball Prospectus. The Nationals shattered their previous franchise spending record in order to win right now. And it's hard to see them doing anything other than dominating with the roster general manager Mike Rizzo and company have assembled.  The list of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez reads more like an All-Star team than a single club's rotation. The offense that supports that squad features two reigning Silver Sluggers in Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond and a perennial member of the all-potential team in Bryce Harper.  Washington will be called a lot of things if its grand experiment doesn't materialize ...


Yankees Players Recreate Babe Ruth Scene from ‘The Sandlot’

If any team is going to recreate one of the most iconic scenes from The Sandlot, it might as well be the New York Yankees. At this year's spring training camp, a group of Yankees players took some time to recreate the classic scene in which Scotty Smalls realizes who the Great Bambino is.With outfielder Brett Gardner playing the part of Scotty Smalls, the Yankees did an entertaining reenactment of the scene. Of course, by taking on that role, Gardner has opened himself up to plenty of "You're killing me, Smalls Gardner!" jeers from hecklers.[MLB.com, YouTube]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Dodgers’ $62.5M Hector Olivera Splash Suggests LA Heard Padres’ Footsteps

Most people wouldn't identify the San Diego Padres as a rival of the Los Angeles Dodgers, despite their proximity in Southern California.   The Dodgers are the big bullies of the West Coast, free-spending Goliaths who look up to no one—except maybe their true rivals to the north, the San Francisco Giants and their trio of trophies.  But the Padres? Please. Hang on, though. It's possible LA is finally hearing San Diego's footsteps. The Padres, after all, had a busy offseason, upgrading an already-strong rotation by signing James Shields and completely overhauling a moribund offense. On Tuesday, the Dodgers responded by signing Cuban import Hector Olivera to a six-year, $62.5 million deal, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. No, it isn't a gargantuan contract by Los Angeles' lofty standards, but it's a sizable chunk of change to toss at a 29-year-old with health concerns, including possible damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm, per ...


Hector Olivera to Dodgers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera to a six-year, $62.5 million deal with a $28 million signing bonus.Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com first reported Tuesday morning that a deal was in place:Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times confirmed the report. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the contract includes a clause that would give the Dodgers a seventh season at $1 million, should Olivera need Tommy John surgery. Sanchez reported on a the potential reason this cause was included: Olivera, who will turn 30 on April 5, has long been a standout in Cuba's Serie Nacional. He has displayed good power for a middle infielder to go along with solid speed and defense. He's a well-rounded player capable of making an instant impact at the MLB level.Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports discussed the team's plans for Olivera:There have been lingering questions about his health, ...


MLB Trade Ideas Based on Latest Spring Training News, Rumors and Speculation

With each passing day, baseball's rumor mill begins to gain a bit more speed. Opening Day looms large on the horizon, and with its steady approach, teams are beginning to look at potential deals involving players that are out of minor league options. Being out of options doesn't automatically put a player on the trade block, mind you. But having too many out-of-options players on a roster can limit a team's flexibility as needs arise during the regular season. In most cases, teams peddling such talent are at a disadvantage in trade talks. Other general managers know that in a week or so, they'll have a chance to claim said player off the waiver wire. But a chance doesn't guarantee that they'd be able to get a player they've got their eyes on, so trades are discussed. Of course, that doesn't apply to every player that's out of minor league options, as we'll ...


Brian Dozier, Twins Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

With the 2015 regular season on the horizon, the Minnesota Twins locked up one of their key pieces by signing second baseman Brian Dozier to a contract extension. According to the Twins' official Twitter account, the 27-year-old middle infielder inked a four-year deal: The contract is worth $20 million in total, per MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, and Dozier's salary will gradually increase from 2015 through 2018: After a solid 2013 campaign, Dozier enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, as he batted .242 with 23 home runs, 73 RBI, 112 runs scored and 21 stolen bases. Due to his mix of power and speed, Dozier is undoubtedly a great building block for the Twins as they attempt to return to their former status as perennial playoff contenders. Dozier is in the prime of his career and on the verge of becoming one of the best second basemen in the league. With that in mind, locking him up for an ...


Is Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela the Yankees’ Future at 2nd Base?

Not long ago, second base for the New York Yankees was as stable, consistent and productive as any position on any team in Major League Baseball. These days, it's anything but. The keystone has become a key question mark for the Yankees ever since Robinson Cano—the last true star position player the club has drafted and developed—surprisingly up and left for the Seattle Mariners as a free agent in December of 2013. From 2005, his rookie campaign, through 2013, Cano registered a .309/.355/.504 triple-slash line and averaged just shy of 23 homers and just north of 90 RBI a season. He also played—get this—at least 159 games every year from 2007 through 2013. By comparison, in their first year post-Cano, here's what the Yankees got out of their second basemen—an aging, injury-prone, past-their-prime conglomeration of, among others, Brian Roberts, Stephen Drew, Martin Prado and Brendan Ryan: .246/.303/.390 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI. Combined. Seeking a mulligan for ...


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